Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist Larry Page teamed up with grad school buddy Sergey Brin to launch the search engine Google in 1998.
Born in Michigan in 1973, Larry Page’s parents were both computer experts, so it was no surprise that he studied computer engineering at Stanford University. That’s where he met Sergey Brin. Together, Page and Brin developed a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, calling it “Google.” Since launching Google in 1998, the company has become the world’s most popular search engine, averaging nearly 6 billion searches daily in 2013.
Larry Page was born Lawrence Page on March 26, 1973, in East Lansing, Michigan. His father, Carl Page, was a pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence, and his mother taught computer programming. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from the University of Michigan, Page decided to concentrate on computer engineering at Stanford University, where he met Sergey Brin.
As a research project at Stanford University, Page and Brin created a search engine that listed results according to the popularity of the pages, after concluding that the most popular result would often be the most useful. They called the search engine “Google” after the mathematical term “googol,” which refers to the No. 1 followed by 100 zeros, to reflect their mission to organize the immense amount of information available on the web.
After raising $1 million from family, friends and other investors, the pair launched the company in 1998. Google has since become the world’s most popular search engine, receiving an average of 5.9 billion searches per day in 2013. Headquartered in the heart of California’s Silicon Valley, Google held its initial public offering in August 2004, making Page and Brin billionaires.
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